This year, I decided to make cookies as an extra holiday “thank you” for friends, family, and co-workers. I wanted to make four or five different varieties, and choosing the right recipes was tough – I love too many cookies! I managed to narrow it down and spent the last couple of weekends baking my heart out. Here’s what I am giving from my kitchen this year:
The first cookie I made was a family recipe, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. These have been a favorite of mine ever since my mom first sent them to me in a care package my freshman year in college.
My next choice was a favorite from my team cookie exchange last year, Katrina’s Ginger Cookies. These are easy to make and, after rolling them in colored sugars (I mixed yellow and green), so festive!
After making the first two batches, I turned to the Wilton Cookie Exchange book and found another childhood favorite – Potato Chip Cookies. My grandma used to make these every year, and baking them brought back so many memories. I gave it the Wilton twist by dipping the cookies in Dark Cocoa Candy Melts® and sprinkling them with crushed potato chips – the ultimate salty-sweet treat! I also chose another recipe that gave me a great idea for using up leftover Candy Melts…Thumbprint Cookies. I filled the center with red and green Candy Melts and topped them with a white drizzle, so easy!
Just when I thought I was finished baking, I woke up to a snowy Chicago Sunday and decided to make one more batch with whatever ingredients I had on hand. I found a couple of bags of white/dark chocolate swirled chips, so I made chocolate-chocolate chip cookie bars that smelled amazing in the oven.
Of course, it was only polite to taste all of my cookies along the way to make sure they were good enough to give away. Luckily for my waistline, they are! I look forward to boxing them up and spreading some cookie cheer!
What gifts are you giving from your kitchen this year?